embroidery

Some hexie loveliness …

by Helen on April 19, 2014

I’ve really enjoyed my hexies project using up all the lovely tiny scraps of fabric in my box that are too small for anything else.  I have cut and stitched over a hundred little hexies to create a lovely little pouch for toiletries.  And there’s more .. some vintage stitchery too.  I thought very hard about this, and as my pouch is likely to be used at the beginning and end of the day, combined the phrases “Good morning sunshine” and “Goodnight sweetheart” with some beautiful vintage bluebirds.

When photographing my pouch I decided that I needed some little models to enhance the pictures, and chose the French Hens for the morning side of the pouch, and Lovebirds for the evening.  

They all gathered round to receive some words of advice from Mr & Mrs Mouse who, after all, were professionally photographed for their cover appearance not so very long ago.  Then first it was the turn of the French Hens …..

Who did rather well.  The Lovebirds were a little nervous, but quickly got into the swing of things ….

Though Mrs Lovebird got so excited she nearly fell off her perch!  The pattern for my Sunshine Sweetheart pouch (as well as a little more about English paper piecing) will be in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – out on Thursday.

Oh, and I nearly forgot to tell you – it was soooo funny!  I was sitting on the sofa handstitching my hexagons – or was I tacking them to the papers – I can’t quite remember.  Anyway, I threaded my needle and held it up in front of me to straighten out the thread when …. along came that naughty Miss Daisy – caught the end of thread in her flubbery mouth and sucked it – right out of my needle and down to goodness knows where – it vanished completely into her insides!  I was left threadless – and speechless too.

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A very clever softie in a very silly post!

by Helen on April 9, 2014

This morning as I sat at my table sewing my new top, my eye was caught by a tiny movement in the corner of my workroom ….

Who could it be?  No, not the French hens .. nor the lovebirds …  But wait – I see –  what is my little fox in a frock doing?  Let’s look a little closer ….

She’s taught herself to embroider.  What a clever fox!  What beautiful neat work!

Especially as she only has felt paws!  Well done Miss Fox.  Her vintage bluebird pattern is from an old pattern sheet with half a dozen different bluebird designs and I’ll include it in the May magazine as well as the pattern for Miss Fox.  

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After the rain ….

by Helen on April 3, 2014

Well I wish it was AFTER the rain!  Today we have had one of those very special English West Country days.  We have had light rain, heavy rain, drizzle, mizzle and mist!  So perhaps it’s a good sort of day to show you my first project for the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ……

Although as I carefully brushed off the newfie hair before photographing my project I was tempted to rework it with the caption “there will always be dog hair on my embroidery!”  I don’t know how it happens but there is always a sprinkling of black fluff on all my work, though I’m very careful to keep Ben & Daisy away from my sewing and they’re never allowed in my workroom.  Does anyone else have this problem?  And if so, what do you find to be the most effective method of hair removal?  I’d love to hear from other similarly afflicted pet-loving stitchers!  

But never mind … it might be grey and rainy outside, but there’s a lovely sunshine-y feeling indoors as the wedding napkin project is progressing well ….

I’m so loving my overlocker (serger)!  And in a burst of ambition I’ve added confetti bags to my list of wedding creations – lots of overlocking going on here too.  This batch of little bags (measuring just 4″ across) are waiting for their drawstrings …..

Less than three months to go now until I am officially grown up – becoming a mother-in-law.  Eeek!  

 

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My new toy – and a new pattern as well

by Helen on March 14, 2014

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days perched on my lovely pink chair giving happy little sighs of contentment as I gaze around my cheerfully redecorated kitchen.  But today all that changed as I was totally distracted by the arrival of ….

a new toy!  Yes, I am now the proud possessor of an overlocker (or serger) and have spent most of this afternoon playing  practising how to use it.  I’ve been thinking about investing in one for some time, and now have the perfect excuse – it’s going to play a major role in Rosie & Dan’s wedding invitations.  I can’t reveal any more at present, although I am very impatient to tell all about them and will be sure to let you know when they’re done!

As well as playing with my new overlocker, I’ve been writing up another pattern for the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  This month’s issue welcomes in the spring, which of course brings the start of the gardening season (for those of us who are fair weather gardeners anyway!).  My friend Jacqui (Flapdoodledesigns) is a very keen gardener and “Digging the Allotment” is based on one of her drawings …

This would be a great beginner’s project as it only uses back stitch and would make a lovely gift for a keen gardener.  If you like Jacqui’s work, then you’ll love her Facebook page where you’ll find lots more of her lovely work – please do pop over and say “hello” if you have a moment.  And finally ….

Can you ever have too many bunnies at Easter?  I’m updating and revising one of my older patterns for the April Magazine.  Hopefully soon I’ll be back with some photos of my Woodland Alphabet Quilt to show (which is also going to be in the April issue).  It’s all finished – and quilted too – but I’m really struggling with photographing it.  Rosie’s here this weekend and perhaps she’ll be able to help me as she’s much better with a camera than I am.  Fingers crossed!

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